Got your email. Was happy then sad. James…correct me if I’m wrong but this is your reasoning right? ---- One-time purchase apps benefit the users who buy it earliest, and hurt the new users who buy later into the development life-cycle of the app. Buying later means getting less life/value from your app purchase and feeling cheated when it soon comes time to launch and sell the next major release. You see many of these outraged people in the forums right now. A subscription based model means that from now on it doesn’t matter how early or late you buy, you won’t get any less value from your purchase than someone who bought Infuse 6 or 12 or 24 months earlier, you’ll be guaranteed an up-to-date app for one year the same as everyone else with no worries about your app reaching the end of its life too soon.
Makes sense to me now I’ve thought about it, seems reasonable and fair… but you haven’t followed through, you’re still offering the one-time purchase app, which means all of this will happen again to burn the people who buy it later. Make sure you always keep a highly visible CAUTION in the app description so that future buyers know what they are agreeing to. Advise them to go with the subscription option if they would be buying in too late and close to end-of-life.
I’m happy that you’ve still given us the choice to avoid subscriptions (I hate keeping track of them, and I like simple family sharing). I’m prepared to pay a little more when I’m allowed to pay upfront instead. And buying today I know I can expect to happily use Infuse for roughly the next 12-24 months until it reaches end-of-life, at which point I fully expect to pay again for the next major version. Since we are going down this route, please give us the same early bird discount, make us all happy? Like you said, majority of people will go for the cheaper 1 year subscription anyway.